Synopses & Reviews
This is a new verse translation of Lucretius's only known work, a didactic poem written in six books of hexameters. Melville's particularly literal translation of the use of metaphor is especially helpful to those looking at the text from a scientific or philosophical point of view.
In this poem, Lucretius sought to convince humanity that there is nothing to fear in death since the soul is mortal, and the world governed not by the gods, but by the mechanical laws of nature. Acute observation of the beauties of the natural world is made with moving sympathy for man's position.